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Biochemistry

Entry Year: 2021

6 study options

Biochemistry BSc (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
C700
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC including B or above in Chemistry or Biology.
IB: HL 30 points / 555 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL Chemistry or HL Biology.
BTECs are not accepted for this course
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Biological Sciences with Foundation BSc (Hons)

Closed

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
CCX2
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements
This course is not available in clearing
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£19,250
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Biochemistry with Year in Industry/Research BSc (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
3W45
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBB including B or above in Chemistry or Biology.
IB: HL 30 points / 555 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL Chemistry or HL Biology.
BTECs are not accepted for this course
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Biochemistry with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
C70Y
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC including B or above in Chemistry or Biology.
IB: HL 30 points / 555 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL Chemistry or HL Biology.
BTECs are not accepted for this course
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Biochemistry MSci (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
MSci (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
C701
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBB including B or above in Chemistry or Biology.
IB: HL 30 points / 555 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL Chemistry or HL Biology.
BTECs are not accepted for this course
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Biochemistry with Year Abroad MSci (Hons)

Available

Key information

Degree
MSci (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2021
UCAS code
C71Y
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBB including B or above in Chemistry or Biology.
IB: HL 30 points / 555 at Higher Level including 5 or above in HL Chemistry or HL Biology.
BTECs are not accepted for this course
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK fees
£9,250
International fees
£23,950
Funding information
Paying your fees
EU/EEA/Swiss students

Overview

Biochemistry – applying molecular concepts to complex biological systems – is the cutting edge of science in the 21st century.

At Queen Mary, you’ll be taught by world-leading researchers in both biology and chemistry, together in one School. You’ll develop advanced scientific understanding of both disciplines, and improve your practical skills with high-level lab work.

You’ll learn about key biochemical processes and the chemistry that underpins them, as well as studying real-world applications in biotechnology and medicine. Option modules in the second and third years let you direct your studies to the areas that interest you most.

Choose your own pathway through this degree - you can add a year in industry or studying abroad, or carry out an additional year of advanced study to graduate with an MSci.

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Structure

You can complete your Biochemistry degree in three, four or five years. If you are a BSc student and choose to do a year in industry or study abroad, this will take place in Year 3, and the Year 3 modules will instead be studied in Year 4. If you are an MSci student and choose to study abroad, this will take place in Year 4, and the Year 4 modules will be studied in Year 5.

Year 0

Foundation

One Year-long double module allocated based on previous maths qualifications:

  • Mathematics A  or
  • Mathematics B

Semester 1

Compulsory

  • Communication in Science & Technology
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Form and Function in Biology

Semester 2

Compulsory

  • Molecules to Cells
  • Diversity and Ecology
  • A Closer Look at Chemistry

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 1

  • Basic Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Essential Skills for Biochemists
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I
  • Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Practical Biochemistry
  • Practical Molecular and Cellular Biology

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Membrane and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Techniques for Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • Biochemistry Communication
  • Metabolic pathways
  • Genes and Bioinformatics

Choose three from

One of theses electives should be a CHE module from Semester A (marked with a *)

  • Structure & Reactivity in Organic Chemistry I*
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry I*
  • Comparative & Integrative Physiology
  • Cell biology and developmental genetics
  • Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience
  • Structure & Reactivity in Organic Chemistry II or Pharmaceutical Chemistry II
  • Microbial physiology & growth

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Biochemistry Communication
  • Enzyme Catalysis
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Molecular Basis of Disease
  • Protein structure, folding and assemblies

Choose one from

  • Biological Sciences Research Project
  • Project Skills in the Life Sciences
  • Engaging the Public with Science

Choose one from

  • Functional genomics and epigenetics
  • Neuroscience: from molecules to behaviour
  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Bioorganic Chemistry
  • Endocrine Physiology and Biochemistry
  • Topics in Biological Chemistry

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

MSci students only

  • Advanced Biochemical Research methods
  • Biochemical Research Project

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Year in industry

Want to pick up some solid work experience while practising your skills in a real-world laboratory? Apply for our Biochemistry BSc with a Year in Industry/Research. Some of our students have been awarded highly prestigious work placements with UK and international pharmaceutical companies. During your second year you will identify and apply for a placement opportunity, with one on one support provided by your adviser. If successful, you'll spend your third year working in the pharmaceutical industry or carrying out an extended research project.

Please note that placements are highly competitive and awarded based on your application, academic track record and performance at interview. Should you not succeed in securing a placement, you'll transfer onto our BSc programme and complete your third year at Queen Mary.

MSci

Apply for our Biochemistry MSci to spend an extra year undertaking an extended research project and studying advanced modules. Consider this option if you’re interested in a career in academic or industrial research.

Year abroad

Go global and study abroad as part of your degree - apply for our Biochemistry BSc or MSci with a Year Abroad. Queen Mary has links with universities in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia (partnerships vary for each degree programme).

Find out more about study abroad opportunities at Queen Mary and what the progression requirements are.

You can do either a year in industry or a year abroad - you cannot combine these options.

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Testimonial

I enjoy the wide range of topics my degree covers: teaching on biology, chemistry and physics is really integrated. This approach helps to develop my scientific understanding of real-life situations. There are lots of opportunities to get hands-on lab experience through both organised module-based labs or independent research projects.

Alyssa Miller, Biochemistry MSci (2019)

Teaching

Teaching and learning

We use a mixture of teaching styles - lectures, tutorials, classroom activities and laboratory work.

Outside of classes, you’ll need to spend 20 to 25 hours per week preparing, writing up and reading.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by written examinations and coursework (practical reports, field course reports, essays, problem sheets, online exercises and tests).

Final-year students undertake a research or investigative project, assessed with a detailed written report, poster and interview.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • newly refurbished lecture theatres
  • up-to-date IT facilities
  • modern, well-equipped labs.

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Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Biochemistry graduates are in demand in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic and biotechnology industries. Many of our students go on to scientific careers, including clinical and laboratory work, postgraduate research or science education. Others transfer their skills into sectors such as marketing and finance.

93 per cent of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (HESA GOS 2017/18).

Recent Biochemistry graduates have been hired by:

  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Genomics England
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Merck Sharp and Dohme.

Career support

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences has a careers consultant, who can offer specialist advice and organise subject-specific events. We also have a dedicated internships coordinator.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

Unistats data for these courses

Biochemistry - BSc (Hons)

Biological Sciences with Foundation - BSc (Hons)

Biochemistry with Year in Industry/Research - BSc (Hons)

Biochemistry with Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

Biochemistry - MSci (Hons)

Biochemistry with Year Abroad - MSci (Hons)

About the School

The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences is a large and dynamic school with strong links to industry. We offer a stimulating and supportive learning experience.

You’ll experience inspirational teaching from high-calibre staff who are leaders in their field. According to the Research Excellence Framework, 87 per cent of our chemistry and 82 per cent of our biology research is either world-leading or internationally excellent. You’ll stay up to date with weekly departmental seminars on new research findings.

Thanks to our close teaching and research links, students have special opportunities for original investigative work with the Natural History Museum, ZSL London Zoo, Forest Enterprise and University of London’s Marine Biological Station at Millport in Scotland.

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